Seven SportsAid alumni make Olympic synchronised swimming team
08 May 2012
Seven of the nine synchronised swimmers confirmed for Team GB for London 2012 by the British Olympic Association on May 8 have had support from SportsAid during their careers – either directly from the charity in the form of SportsAid Awards or through the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme which SportsAid manages on behalf of UK Sport.
The seven SportsAid alumni in Britain’s synchronised swimming team for the London 2012 Olympic Games are as follows:
- Asha Randall, age 22, from Ascot – TASS Award in 2006
- Jenna Randall, age 23, from Ascot – SportsAid Award in 2005
- Katie Dawkins, age 23, from Bristol – SportsAid Award in 2006 and TASS Award in 2007
- Katie Skelton, age 24, from Reading – SportsAid Award in 2002
- Olivia Federici, age 22, from Portsmouth – SportsAid Award in 2005 and 2006
- Vicki Lucass, age 21, from Yateley – TASS Award in 2006
- Yvette Baker, age 20, from Birmingham – TASS Award in 2011
This takes the number of SportsAid athletes and alumni who have qualified for Team GB for London 2012 to 47, out of the 76 athletes named in total so far.
As SportsAid’s patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge is helping to shine a light on the achievements and potential of young athletes throughout the UK – an inspiring generation who one day hope to represent the nation at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. SportsAid alumnus Sir Chris Hoy welcomed the patronage by saying, “SportsAid played an important role when I was starting out so I know what a huge boost this will be to the young sportsmen and women the charity helps today. As patron Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will give them the profile they deserve.”